Saturday, June 27, 2015

Blinging Up Linda's Bag

Last week I showed you Linda's bag. It's all finished, but it needed a little extra, which morphed into handmade zipper pulls.
I had already bought some charms to put on Linda's bag, but was originally just going to put them on a jump ring and attach them to the zippered interior pockets. But then I got motivated to "get fancy." So I googled "handmade beaded zipper pulls" and found this tutorial on Sew Delicious. This afternoon I went to AC Moore and bought some head pins, some split rings (all items described in the tutorial above), and some beads.
Voila! Zipper pulls!
Here are the new zipper pulls installed in Linda's bag.
I purchased the "I love singing" charm on Michou Beads on Etsy. I purchased the "handmade with love charm" from FactoryDirect Craft. The blue beads and the jewelry findings came from AC Moore.
On the outside of the bag, I used a large zipper pull that I purchased from Zipit on Etsy.

The idea to make beaded zipper pulls was inspired by two bloggers that I follow regularly: Daryl who blogs at Patchouli Moon Studio and LeeAnna who blogs at Not Afraid of Color. Daryl makes a lot of gorgeous bags and she always finishes them so nicely with a handmade zipper pull. You can see one in this post. My friend LeeAnna is a super talented art quilter and she is always blogging about the clever little charms and other cute objects she finds to use in her quilts. She has a magpie's eye, just like me, always wanting whatever is glittering or shiny.

Linking up on Saturday to Pink Doxies' Pet Project Show. Linking up on Sunday to Sew Many Ways' Sew Darn Crafty linky party. Linking up on Friday to Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,


  1. Great idea bling bling for this bag. You found great stuff. I am sure that I will look for bling bling for every pouch I will make in future.
    I love the blog of LeeAnne.

  2. Great idea to use the zipper pulls it adds a special touch to the piece.

  3. Great zipper pulls Nancy! I like your charms. Thanks for the sweet words about the things that I create. Looking forward to seeing more bling from you too.

  4. oooh shiny sparkly!!! Got distracted for a moment... nice work there.... pretty fabrics, great zipper, special beads. I've been working with beads too, flat peyote designs. Shiny, sparkly

  5. A bag is not finished without adorable zipper pulls like these!

  6. Perfect finishing touches. I got a zipper pull with my order from Zipit, and I just love it. I need to make some...

  7. Fantastic bag! Love all the extras; they make it special.